• Vol. 48 No. 10
  • 15 October 2019

From Hospital to Home: Impact of Transitional Care on Cost, Hospitalisation and Mortality



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Stigma towards people with mental illness is widely prevalent in Singapore despite nearly 2 decades of anti-stigma efforts. The latest and most ambitious initiative to tackle stigma, “Beyond the Label”, was launched in 2018. We believe that it is timely to highlight the missing gap in Singapore’s anti-stigma efforts―the lack of evaluative research on anti-stigma programmes. It is crucial that organisations involved in the battle against stigma publish peer-reviewed papers detailing the construction and effectiveness of their programmes vis-à-vis established frameworks or guidelines. We also provide suggestions on useful resources for organisations that are engaged in anti-stigma work.

Dear Editor,

The ageing population in Singapore poses a growing
challenge and need to realign current health services and care
management pathways to treat older adults with complex
medical conditions.1,2 This group of patients typically have
multiple comorbidities and disabilities and are at risk of poor
outcomes after they are discharged home from hospitals.
Consequently, they require frequent admissions to hospitals.
To address the issue of frequent readmissions of older adults
with complex care needs, transitional care (TC) is offered
as a care management model that can help to ameliorate
this situation.

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